Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Lucy Stone is dismayed to discover illegal drugs have established a foothold in bucolic Tinker's Creek, Maine, in Meier's timely 26th mystery featuring the part-time reporter and full-time snoop (after 2016's British Manor Mystery). When pretty college-age Alison Franklin takes a fatal plunge into any icy pond, everyone in town assumes it was suicide related to drug use (but the reader knows otherwise from the prologue). The victim's father, billionaire real estate developer Ed Franklin, blames "Mexicans." Meanwhile, TV chef Rey Rodriguez aims to open an upscale restaurant in time for Thanksgiving. At the town hall meeting where Rey describes his plans, a woman in the audience expresses concern about the influx of drugs from Mexico and Rey's being Mexican (he's in fact American). Complications ensue when Rey's handsome 30-year-old son heaps attention on Lucy's teen daughter, Zoe. Meier's focus on racism gives this cozy a serious edge rare for this subgenre. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Meier dips her toes into the issues du jour as opioid addiction and white supremacy invade Tinker's Cove.While training for the Turkey Trot 5K along Blueberry Pond, local reporter Lucy Stone (British Manor Murder, 2016, etc.) discovers the body of lovely, blonde Alison Franklin, who appears to have died after accidentally falling through the ice. The subsequent drug arrest of three Mexicans, however, ignites a firestorm as rumors spread that Alison was high on opioids supplied by undocumented immigrants. Signs touting America for Americans spring up across the rural landscape, paid for by Alison's father, Trump look-alike Ed Franklin. The multimillionaire, whose ostentatious mansion and pregnant young trophy wife once made tongues wag and heads shake across Tinker's Cove, has now become a populist hero, especially to the residents who want to stop television chef Rey Rodriguezwho patiently explains that his ancestors are from Spain, not Mexico, every chance he getsfrom opening a high-end restaurant on the site of the defunct Olde Irish Pub. Franklin tries to use his clout at a town council meeting, where he explains, "When one Mexican moves in you get a lot more. They're like mice." Next thing you know, someone's shot a hole through Franklin's skull as he drives down the street in his oversized SUV. Now Lucy's had enough. She needs to find out who's targeting the Franklin family before her town tears itself apart. Unlike the Public Theater's assassination of Julius Caesar, Meier's offing of a Trump avatar may fly under the radar. The dots between drugs, immigrants, and murder just can't be connected neatly enough to qualify this entry as either old-fashioned puzzle or contemporary social commentary. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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